April 25, 2022 /

The Top 5 Best Places to Elope in Italy

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Bride and groom sharing an embrace during their Italian elopement, shot by Alexa Ann Photography; image overlaid with text that reads The Top 5 Best Places to Elope in Italy

 

Italy Elopement Destination Guide

Wondering how to elope in Italy? I’m so excited for you! I love this gorgeous nation, and the time I spent studying abroad there was some of the happiest of my life. Between the rugged beauty of nature, the deep connection to the past, the history living on in architecture and tradition, and the world-class culture of today, Italy is one of the gems of Europe. Choosing to elope in Italy is a choice you will always be glad that you made. So let’s dive in!

 

Top 5 Best Places to Elope in Italy

#1 – Italian Dolomites

 

Top 5 Best Places to Elope in Italy. Groom lifting the bride up in his arms as they stand in the lake with the mountains in the background.

The Italian Dolomites is Italy’s most adventurous elopement location. This section of the Alps offers incredible views as well as outdoor activities. These include hiking, skiing, paragliding, climbing, & more! It’s in the northeast of Italy, so the temperatures here aren’t as sweltering as in the southern regions. Furthermore, the aesthetic in architecture draws from its northern neighbor, Austria, filling each surrounding mountain town with charm. The beauty here has rendered it a UNESCO World Heritage site, and jagged peaks surround you from almost any place in town!

Where to Stay in the Italian Dolomites

When you’re looking to elope in Italy and planning to stay in the Italian Dolomites, the provinces of Trentino, Belluno, & South Tyrol are your best bet. Check out the quaint towns of Brixen & Cortina Dolomites! Brixen is a historic town with evocative historic architecture nestled on the mountainside, and Cortina Dolomites is a renowned ski village. Some of my favorite resorts in the area are Alpina Dolomites & Forestis. Alpina Dolomites would make for an epic Italy elopement. Perched on the highest plateau in Europe, this is 5-star luxury with clean modern innovation. Equally as lovely, Forestis has some of the most glorious views you’ll ever see. For something more intimate check out my curated list of AirBnBs to elope in the Italian Dolomites here!

Best Hikes:

Tre Crime Di Lavaredo: a renowned 10k trail that winds past many mountain refuges before bringing you up to the iconic three peaks that give it its name.

Lago di Braies: One of the must-sees of the region, the emerald & sapphire waters of the Lago di Braies under the mountain peaks and sloping pines are enough on their own. If you’re up for it, there’s a steep hike that leads up to 360-degree views over the lake and the mountain range.

 

Lago di Sorapis: This hike is the hardest out of the three, but possibly the most rewarding. Following the cliff face at certain points, with metal ladders and chains to help you scramble up, the two-hour path. This makes coming out into the turquoise lake in its nest of larch trees that much more thrilling!

 

Bride and groom sharing laughs in the middle of the field with mountains behind them, captured by Alexa Ann Photography

 

#2 – Tuscany

If you’re dreaming about how to elope in Italy, Tuscany probably comes to mind first. This region is filled to the brim with great food, wine, & classically Italian quaint countryside views. You get the best of both worlds in this area with incredible rural beauty and some of the world’s best cities!

Couple sharing laughs and an embrace as they playfully pose for their Italy elopement shoot

Where to Stay in Tuscany:

There are so many incredible historical Tuscan properties to elope in Italy. You can choose from old castles, noble villas, and rustic vineyards. Two of my favorites are Castello di Vicarello, a villa hotel perched among rolling vineyards, and Residenza Antica Flamina near Rome. Here is a list of my favorite Airbnb properties around Florence!

What to Do:

What isn’t there to do? When you elope in Italy, the bigger challenge is to whittle down your itinerary! In Tuscany, I’d suggest that you go wine tasting at a countryside vineyard. Take a day trip to Florence to see the some of the world’s best art and art museums (the Ufizzi art museum, Michelangelo’s David). Head into Rome for iconic sightseeing, world history, and fine dining. Depending on your interests, you can go on a guided Vespa tour, take a cooking class at a farmhouse in Tuscany, and much more! Check here for guided trips & tours!

 

#3 – Amalfi Coast

If your dream to elope in Italy involves getting a tan on a golden beach, the Amalfi Coast is the best place for you. This stretch of the country holds beautiful beaches, quaint cities, and incredible dramatic coastal cliffs. It’s amazing for a relaxing getaway for you & your love.

The Top 5 Best Places to Elope in Italy. Boats parked at the dock at the Amalfi Coast.

Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast:

Positano & Capri offer beautiful beaches, water adventures & amazing seafood. Stay at Positano’s Hotel Le Agavi, right on the water with its own private beach, or the Hotel Caesar Augustus, perched on the coast of the isle of Capri. And, of course, here is a list of my favorite AirBnBs!

What to Do:

Exploration & relaxation are the order of the day. Exploring up and down the coast, laying by the beaches, and walk through town sampling delicious food. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water by booking a private boat tour, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, and much more! You can even book a boat excursion to the Blue Grotto in Capri– a beautiful sea cave.

#4 – Cinque Terre

This region is a cluster of jewel-like, centuries-old seaside villages with vibrant houses and blue waters! Located on the Italian Riviera Coastline in the northwest, this also offers beautiful accessibility to water activities and rugged coastline hiking. Exploring the coast and wandering from town to town is going to lead you into so many hidden charms & breathtaking beauties.

Where to Stay in Cinque Terre:

You can stay in any of the charming villages that make up Cinque Terre, but a few that are highly acclaimed are Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso. In Vernazza there’s the beautiful Five Stay Casa Gabriella or in Monterosso there’s the luxurious Hotel Porto Roca with an incredible view just five minutes from the village center.

Best Hikes:

Vernazza – Foce Drignana: This was once a mule trail that connected two scenic villages. The mules might be gone these days, but the trail is still well-traveled because of the truly wonderful views out over the ocean that you get. Pass through the historic Vernazza cemetery and end up in the adorable hamlet of Drignano.

The Blue Path Trail: This trail links all five of the villages in Cinque Terre, and if you want to elope in Italy and really experience the beauty of the Italian countryside, then this is what I’d suggest you do on your honeymoon. It’s 7.5 miles of memories waiting to be discovered! Start from Riomaggiore and work your way down the coastline, hopping onto a train if you get too tired.

#5 – Venice

Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, this famous city consists of more than 100 small islands linked by canals. Venice is a great option to elope in Italy for couples more interested in Italy’s history & culture rather than natural landscapes. Although this is one of the more touristy spots, it still has plenty of beautiful corners in hidden streets that would make for the perfect elopement.

Where to Stay in Venice:

San Marco is the most popular area to stay in, with some of the country’s most iconic buildings, churches & town squares. One of the most popular places to stay, Hotel Danieli, is set right on the water and is steps from the cathedral. Another great option is the Hotel San Giorgio, located right between the Rialto Bridge & Saint Mark’s square.

Bride and groom wrap their arms around each other in front of a vintage door at Cinque Terre during their elopement in Italy

What to Do:

When in Venice, you must eat the amazing seafood, visit some art museums, & walk along the beautiful canals. If you have time, you can take a boat to some of the beautiful surrounding islands such as Murano & Burano to explore there, and, of course, if you’re going to elope in Venice, you have to do at least one romantic gondola ride.

Choosing to Elope in Italy

I hope this has been a helpful introduction to what it will look like to elope in Italy! One of the things I love about this is that no matter the atmosphere you’re dreaming of, you can find it here. Everything from relaxed sophistication to wild adventure is open for you!

For more help on planning your Italian elopement, including information on how to make it legal and what time of the year you should go, check out my blog post “Italy Elopement Guide: Everything You Need to Know”.

 

 

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Close-up shot of the floral arrangement lining up the bride and groom's table during their Italian elopement; image overlaid with text that reads The Top 5 Best Places to Elope in Italy

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